Class Descriptions
                                               
                                                 
 
 
                                                                

 

 

 

Young Child's Program
Ages 18months -3 w/ adult and ages  3-5 
designed by Olga Berest

Introduction to Dance by Story Dancing ages 2-3 (with adult) Born to Dance  ages 18mo-3 with an adult

Introduction to Dance by Story Dancing ages 2-3
(a separation class after the first month) 


These classes teach movement that is consistent with the developmental level of the young child and associates moves with toys and stories that embrace a child's world. May include tap if appropriate.

Benefits include:


Introduction to Dance by Story Dancing ages 3-4 (a separation class)
This class is an introduction to ballet and tap.  

Benefits include:


Broadway to Ballet ages 4-5
This is a class developed around the songs of the great Broadway musicals

Benefits include:


Kinderballet/Tap ages 5-6 for children in Kindergarten
This is a pre-ballet class with tap. It is a continuation of the skills taught in Broadway to Ballet with an emphasis on the introduction of classical ballet.
Dress code: White leotard amd white skirt, pink tights, tan tap shoes, pink ballet slippers, hair in neat ponytail

Boys only Hiphop/Scoot  ages 5-6 for boys in Kindergarten

This class introduces the athletic style and diverse rhythms of hiphop using a 3 wheel scooters for diversity and focus
Dress code: Track pants and t-shirt, hip hop shoes

 


 

Lower Level Children's Program
Ages 6-11

Lower Level Children's Program Our lower level ballet syllabus is specifically designed to prepare students for the requirements of Level 1 through Level 3a. Classes include basic ballet vocabulary as well as floor exercises, which develop strength, coordination and flexibility. Musicality and joy of dance are emphasized throughout the year. If age 6 but entering Kindergarten, please see the Young Dancers Division information.

Explanation of Levels
Levels 1,1a and 2 are combination classes designed for the beginner
(On-line registration is permitted)

Levels 3 and 3a are for the advanced beginner
(These classes require pre-approval to enroll)

Ballet 1/Tap 1st grade
Dress code: Pink leotard, pink tights, white ballet skirt, tap shorts, pink ballet slippers, tan tap shoes, hair in neat ponytail


Ballet 1a/Tap/Hip Hop Fusion 2nd grade
Dress code:Blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet skirt, tap shorts, jazz shorts, pink ballet slippers, tan tap shoes, jazz shoes, t-shirt, hair in neat ponytail


Ballet 2/Tap/Hip Hop Fusion 3rd grade
Dress code: Hot pink leotard, pink tights, blue ballet skirt, tap shorts, jazz shorts, pink ballet slippers, tan tap shoes, jazz shoes, t-shirt, hair in neat ponytail


Ballet 3 4th grade
Dress code: navy  leotard, pink tights, wine skirt, pink ballet slippers, hair in bun


Tap/Hip Hop Fusion 3 4th grade
Dress code: Leotard of class, pink tights, tap shorts, black tap shoes, jazz shorts, jazz shoes, hair in bun


Ballet 3a 5th grade
Dress code: Wine  leotard, pink tights, navy skirt, pink ballet slippers, hair in bun


Tap/Hip Hop Fusion  3a 5th grade
Dress code:  Leotard of class, pink tights, tap shorts, black tap shoes, jazz shorts, jazz shoes, hair in bun


Explanation of Classes
Ballet classes incorporate a curriculum of floor exercises, barre and center work which progress with each advancing level.
Tap classes teach the traditional rhythms and weight shifts of tap dance.
Hip hop Fusion classes combine the pedestrian style of street dancing with jazz.
Boys Only classes teach hip hop with an option of tap using a creative and athletic approach. Performing Companies

Performing Companies
The performing companies of the lower level children's program rehearse in a company class specific to their age and ability. The company classes encourage student choreography developed from improvisational sequences. The Berest Dance Center company members perform in a non-competitive environment at fairs, in concerts and in-the-studio events throughout the year.

Youth Dance Theatre
Ballet enrollment levels 1-3a is required
Dress code: Ballet dress code attire


Create 
Ballet 2 enrollment is required
Dress code: Ballet 2 class leotard, ballet or jazz shoes


Young Creators
Ballet 3 or 3a enrollment is required
Dress code: Ballet 3 or 3a leotard, pink tights, ballet or jazz shoes

 


 

Upper Level Children's Program
Ages 12-17

Upper Level Children's Program The following classes require pre-approval to enroll on-line. Coaching may be necessary to enter into the class of choice. Costumes are worn in the Showcase at this level of training.

Ballet students are required to study ballet twice a week. For optimal strength and improvement more classes are recommended. A curriculum is followed for all levels. Pointe readiness is under the discretion of the faculty. Enrollment in ballet is a requirement in order to study most classes at the Berest school. Exceptions are marked with an asterisk (*)
Dress Code: Black monogrammed BDC leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pointe shoes, hair in bun


Modern is the study of movement that initiates from the center of the body. This class explores contraction, release, spiral, fall and recovery, a strong and seamless shift of weight and the practice of moving in more complex spacial patterns. A Martha Graham based technique is used with a strong influence of the Paul Taylor style.
Dress Code: Black monogrammed BDC leotard, black footless tights, hair in ponytail


*Tap is offered in a variety of styles: RHYTHM TAP, MUSICAL HALL TAP, AND TRADITIONAL TAP. This class teaches the rhythms and weight shifts of tap dance.
Dress Code: Fitted shirt, black leggings, black oxford tap shoes, hair in neat ponytail

 


*Hip Hop is a fusion of styles that may include JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL and the techniques of BREAKING, POPPING AND LOCKING, primarily using pop music.
Dress code: White fitted shirt, back leggings, sneakers (no keds), hair in neat ponytail


Improvisation teaches the craft of self-expression that is translated into movement.
Dress code: comfortable dancewear


Jazz is the study of TRADITIONAL, BROADWAY AND CONTEMPORARY STYLES with fun upbeat energy. Flexibility, coordination and strength are focal points of the warm up, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations.
Dress Code: Black monogrammed BDC leotard, black footless tights, tan jazz boots, hair in neat ponytail


*African is considered to be lively and upbeat, displaying many different techniques which portray a range of emotions. The main feature of African dance is the use of different rhythms being performed by the body at the same time. (Performances are with live drumming.)
Dress Code: comfortable dancewear


Contemporary is a fusion of ballet and jazz. It explores different levels, traveling movements and positions. The class uses elements of fall and recovery, contractions, jumps, turns and improvisation.
Dress Code: Black monogrammed BDC leotard, black footless tights, hair in neat ponytail


Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz. The movement is specifically inspired by the lyrics or music, illustrating the emotion of the particular piece.
Dress Code: Black monogrammed BDC leotard, black footless tights, hair in neat ponytail


Upper Level Performing Companies Performing Companies
These students rehearse in a company class specific to their age and level. The repertory consists of multi-genre choreography. A current enrollment in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz is required to be a company member. The Berest Dance Center company members perform in a non-competitive environment. Concerts, fairs, studio events throughout the year.

Next Generation
Levels 4a and 5
Dress Code: comfortable dancewear


Junior Repertory
Level 6
Dress Code: comfortable dancewear


Senior Repertory
Level 6a,6b and 7
Dress Code: comfortable dancewear

 


SUMMERDANCE  Program with Half day, Full day, Intensives and PM classes

During the summer we will be holding  in person camp following the strict safety guidelines mandated by NY State and following CDC guidelines.  Students and faculty and staff must always wear face coverings.    

 

Half Day Children's Camps   June 28 -July 1 and July 20-July 22

FAIRY TALES  ages 4-6  (K-1-2 grades) 3 days $300 per week 9:00 am-12 noon  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (June 28-June 30, July 19- July 21)

Dancers will explore a different ballet each week using the basic principles of classical ballet. Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Giselle will be introduced. Tap and Hip-hop genres are included in the program.

DANCE PARTY  ages 7-9  (3-4-5 grades)  4 days $400 per week  Monday-Thursday  (June 28-July 1,  July 19-July 22)

A class with diversified genre of ballet, hip hop and tap. Theme driven classes will use costumes and props from the dancer’s homes. Ballet, Hip hop, and Tap are included in the program.

CREATE  ages 10-12  (6-7-8 grades ) 4 days $400 per week     Monday-Thursday  (June 28-July 1,  July 19-July 22)

This is the Berest Dance Centers' version of the familiar Tic-Tok App. Using genres of Ballet, tap and Hip hop 16 second videos strung together to make stories of up to 60 seconds will be shared virtually. 

 

Junior Intensive Full Day Camps   Monday -Thursday July 5-July 15

Ages 12-15 Middle School and High School 10:00am-3:00pm    $735 per week. 

2 weeks designed to give continued training to improve ballet technique, build strength, poise, and confidence with opportunities to explore a variety of movement styles including Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip-hop.

 

2 Week Mini Intensive Evening Session   Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday July 5-July16

Ages 12 entering HS-15 6:30-9:00   $300 per week  

This is a three day a week program for dancers interested in increasing their skill in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop

 

Two Week Intensive with Heather and Orion  Monday-Friday July 5-July 16

Ages 15-adult   9:30am-2:45pm $1000 for 2 weeks.

Ballet and Modern for serious students, this class offers a 2-week session that provides a nurturing learning environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities.  Heather Berest and Orion Duckstein’s classes are accompanied by live piano music. This married team hail from a 10-career dancing internationally with the prestigious Paul Taylor Dance Company and bring a Taylor style to their students.  College students are welcome.                                                                                                                     

   

Summer Programs

 

Adult Classes with Heather Berest
(accompanist Tom Farrell)

Adult Classes with Heather Berest

CLASSES AVAILABLE REMOTELY ON ZOOM AS WELL AS LIVE

If you took ballet as a child and still remember the feeling of leaving your worries behind and simplifying the world to just the music, your movement and your breath, this is your way back again. Heather Berest offers adult ballet and modern that caters to adults returning to dance after “many” years.

Ballet class begins with a 45 minute barre which is a high quality workout by itself. It can used by all to build strength and stamina.

It progresses to a 45 minute center which consists of an adagio, pirouette, moving, petit allegro, grand allegro and révérence.

Modern class is based on the techniques of Martha Graham and Paul Taylor, exploring expression through the torso. This class explores contraction, release, spiral, fall and recovery, a strong and seamless shift of weight and the practice of moving in more complex spacial patterns.

Private classes are available upon request in ballet, modern and body conditioning.

Attire is whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Tight or loose clothing is acceptable. Ballet slippers are recommended for ballet and barefoot for modern.

There are many different skill levels in both classes and all are respected equally. 

 
Berest Dance Center
12 South Washington St,
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 944-6687